January 3, 2020
You can't accuse any home-based entrepreneur of being stuck in the past. In fact, everybody that's starting to set up a business for themselves at home is very much part of the current trend. But with this current trend can be a lot of oversights. Home-based entrepreneurs or anyone looking to start a freelance life may find themselves falling short because of certain issues that they hadn't considered. It's important that anybody looking to start up a business doesn't fall foul of certain mistakes. A lot of it is to do with protecting your back, so how can you do this effectively?
Whether we are hiring people to work for us or signing up for a freelance contract a little legal knowledge goes a long way. If you have a business idea, it's always worth grasping the basics of intellectual property 101 so you know what you can do to protect yourself. While legal knowledge is somewhat boring it's something that can give you a distinct advantage over a lot of budding home-based entrepreneurs out there.
From a legal perspective, it's important to differentiate between what is classed as you and what is classed as your business. When people get into hot water over business-related issues it's important to differentiate between the two so that your personal assets don't get taken if the worst-case scenario arises. From a freelancer’s perspective, it's worth setting up a business account so you have a separate entity.
The vast majority of us work exclusively on our computer and this means that we need to have had adequate backups of all our files. Because we operate on such a small scale we may think that it is pointless for a hacker to attack us but smaller businesses get targeted much more than the larger ones. This means you need to have backups of everything should the worst possible situation arise. The moment that all of your files are corrupted the business is going to stop dead in its tracks.
If you're running a business it is a necessity but if you are a freelancer you may feel that there is no point in having any form of insurance because it's just you. But what if you are unwell? Do you have insurance in place to cover you but also keep your finances afloat? Having insurance is some common sense that many freelancers don't have this in place usually because they don't have the money to spend. It's far better to plan for the worst-case scenario just so if you are unable to earn that the insurance policy can pay out.
Any home-based entrepreneur or freelancer needs these components in place to protect their back. It's not just about protecting your assets but it's also about ensuring that you have the ability to continue should something unforeseen arise. You need to protect your back because no one else is going to do it for you. Whether it's in terms of legal knowledge or the right insurance policy it's crucial to have a handful of these things in place.
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